Black-painted exterior? Check. Accents of Zoomer green? Check. Outdoor clawfoot bathtub, two of them, in fact? Check. Chevron wood floors, patterned tile, copious houseplants, statement light fixtures, a decorative surfboard, and black hardware? Check and mate. This super-trendy, uber-cool, Insta-friendly hideaway is on Australia’s new coastal hotspot, the Coal Coast. Don’t be put off by the name. These days, you’re a lot more likely to find surfers at this New South Wales spot than miners, and the area is only about an hour south of Sydney, so it’s commutable.
Listed by Vanessa Denison-Pender and Stephanie Kalos at McGrath, the property’s price is available upon request. Set on 0.63 of an acre, the residence includes several buildings: a main house, a yoga shala (studio), a shed/workshop, and the “Black Chapel,” which sounds like it should belong to Marilyn Manson. All this in an area “rich with native biodiversity, lyre bird and wallaby” and near a rain forest.
The main room in the house, a combo kitchen/diner/living room, benefits from accordion glass doors, which can be opened to make the most of the lush scenery. Light pours through the doors as well as from the skylights. In all, there are six bedrooms and three bathrooms within the compound. The master is particularly nice, with a deep soaking tub at the foot of the bed, pretty views to the trees outside, and a huge walk-in closet.
When finished with your sun salutations in the yoga shala, cool off in the elaborately tiled Moroccan hot/cold pool that’s surrounded by banana-leaf palms, or in the twin outdoor soaking tubs on the deck outside the Black Chapel. Don’t worry — the property is extremely private and secluded. Only the lyre birds will be watching.
The Black Chapel, which includes a spiral staircase, antique carved doors, and a black and white chevron patterned tile floor is a moneymaking enterprise used as an Airbnb vacation rental as well as being rented out for photo shoots and events. Given the photogenic trendiness of the property, it should be no surprise that the Black Chapel has its very own Instagram (@theblackchapel).
All of this would make any homeowner feel like they’re in a private boutique luxury resort. One tip: if Marilyn Manson tries to book the Black Chapel via Airbnb, turn him down.